We want the same salary as the World Cup

Global professional football players’ union FIFPRO has written to FIFA demanding equal conditions, facilities and prize money between the men’s and women’s World Cups.

The letter, seen by ESPN, was sent by FIFPRO to FIFA President Gianni Infantino in October, a month before the start of the 2022 Men’s World Cup. News of the letter was first reported by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, just four months ahead of the 2023 Women’s World Cup.

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The players argue that the much lower prize money being offered for the women’s tournament “has an impact on how countries will disproportionately prioritize their efforts to support the men’s national team over the women’s national team” and “perpetuates the attitude that women’s football A ‘cost’ rather than a ‘cost’ is a ‘contributor’ to the sport. ‘This is because equal effort and performance do not bring equal reward,’ the letter reads.

FIFPRO called for three proposals. First, it calls for an equal framework of “rules and conditions” for the men’s and women’s world championships, including parity in prize money. The second proposal stipulates that at least 30% of the prize money will go to the players participating in the tournament – highlighting that some federations have not reached an agreement with their players about the financial compensation or the distribution of the prize money. Third, she calls for a collective agreement to protect these obligations.

Regarding the first point, FIFPRO strives for equality between the men’s and women’s tournaments in terms of travel conditions, training locations and facilities. It also shows how female players at the 2018 Men’s World Cup and 2019 Women’s World Cup earned nearly 7% of what their male counterparts earned.

The core of the letter relates to FIFA’s statement that women’s football is the “biggest growth opportunity in football” and hopes that an increase in prize money will help raise the standard of domestic women’s football around the world.

A statement from FIFPRO read: “We can confirm that a letter signed by 150 players from national teams on every continent was sent to FIFA in October. These players are seeking fair conditions ahead of the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023. FIFPRO is currently negotiating names of these players with FIFA.”

Sources at FIFA told ESPN that the letter was known and an announcement of the prize money at the Women’s World Cup would be forthcoming.

US Women’s Team star Alex Morgan told ESPN: “We are an ally of FIFPro and we are clearly fighting for the same thing as they are. Everyone saw from our comparison with US Soccer that we have equal pay, including prize money, which is a big step forward. And I believe that we may be one of the few associations in the world to take this step.

“Actually, the US women’s national team is not part of FIFPro, I think just because of union or federation rules. But we are all connected to them and we have regular meetings with FIFPro and are on the same page with what they are publishing.”

A total of US$440 million was provided by FIFA in prize money at the Men’s World Cup, with Argentina receiving US$42 million for winning the tournament. In 2019, FIFA provided $30 million in prize money for that year’s Women’s World Cup in France, with USWNT taking home $4 million.

The FIFPRO letter added: “As national team players, we want to leave women’s football in better shape than we found it; we want the next generation to enjoy better conditions and competitive opportunities than we do.”

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